(8 Aug 2020) One thousand red balloons coloured the sky over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday in memory of the nearly 100,000 deaths by COVID-19 in Brazil.
A thousand red gas balloons were scattered on the beach sands. A hundred of them, fixed on a hundred black crosses.
NGO Rio da Paz (Rio for Peace) organized the protest in memory of the COVID-19 victims and as criticism of the way the government has conducted the management of the health crisis.
Mrcio Antnio do Nascimento Silva, a taxi driver who lost his 25-year-old son to COVID, argued with passersby who opposed the protest.
Silva stresses that 100,000 people killed by the virus equals many families struggling with loss and leaves hundreds of thousands of people bereft.
A four-meter-long sign, with the phrase, “100,000 – why are we the country with the second highest number of (COVID-19) deaths?” was displayed at the site.
Antonio Carlos Costa, president of the NGO asked why the number of deaths and infected was so high and said that the figures show that the government is not doing enough to handle the pandemic.
The latest official figure released Friday evening showed the number of deaths at 99,572 with almost 3 million confirmed cases.
The grim milestone of 100,000 virus-related deaths is expected to be reached by the end of the day.

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